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david petraeus spent his last fourth of july as commander of the u.s. forces in afghanistan. he met with american troops in the war zone, and just two weeks before heading home to take on his new job as cia director, he spoke one on one with nbc about america's mission. >> happy fourth of july to all of you. >> reporter: it's his eighth fourth of july in a combat zone, but the last in uniform for general david petraeus. he spent the day visiting some of the thousands of u.s. troops stationed in afghanistan. a farewell tour for a general many consider a rock star who found himself asking these tough as nails troops to just relax. >> the best way to relax is to put your hands in your pockets. that means you right there. go ahead. in fact, i'll put them in my pockets, too, here. >> reporter: credited with helping turn the iraq war around, petraeus was tapped by president obama a year ago to do the same in afghanistan. he admits it hasn't been easy. >> i never felt we could flip afghanistan the way we were able to flip iraq. >> reporter: a tough situation, but he insists not hopeless. >
night between front line troops in afghanistan and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen who's visiting them this weekend. somewhat unbelievably, several u.s. troops said their major concern was not getting paid because of this budget fight in washington. in response, mullen was blunt. he said it would be devastating. well, today our pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski followed up in an exclusive conversation with admiral mullen. >> reporter: brian, admiral mullen fully expected to talk to the soldiers and marines about the war here in afghanistan. not the one in washington. >> they weren't talking about afghanistan. they weren't talking about the fight they were in. this isn't surprising, but when you're deployed you want to make sure everything's okay at home. >> soldiers and marines in the middle of a war zone worrying about getting paid. >> they always worry about getting paid. they just sort of expect it to happen. >> reporter: you said that if, in fact, paychecks were held up, that many in the services would be devastated by missing a single paycheck
. >>> in afghanistan tonight a lot of unanswered questions about the shocking assassination of president hamid karzai's half-brother. shot in cold blood at his home by a trusted associate. we have the story from kabul. >> reporter: hi, ann. ahmed wali karzai, he was lured out of a meeting and shot in cold blood. he was shot and killed by other security guards. he used the trust to lure him out of a meeting and shoot him in cold blood. he was also shot and killed by other security guards. the taliban have claimed responsibility saying they had been working with the killer for, quote, some time." awk was an infamous power broker in kandahar province, a key province and the spiritual home of the taliban and considered to be a part of the drug trade but u.s. and nato officials say they needed him, a stabilizing figure and an otherwise unstable region. his death leaves behind a power vacuum and is considered a big victory for the taliban, ann? >> thank you so much. >>> another milestone up in space today as two residents of the international space station stepped outside to retrieve a broken ammonia pump
. in afghanistan, a group of american soldiers took this day to reenlist. america's 235th birthday. a day to stand up and be proud, even if you're sitting down. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> if you plan to celebrate the 4th here in d.c., here's the lineup for tonight. the capital 4th concert will begin at 8:00. the fireworks kick off around 9:15. we'll have a live report on that. that's coming up in our next half hour. the smithsonian metro station and most roads around the mall will be closed. so you might want to give yourself plenty of time to get there. you can also go to nbc for more details. >>> a day at the beach came to an early and abrupt halt at sandy point state park in maryland today. authorities say a young boy draund drowned after disappearing in the water. elaine reyes has more on what went wrong. >> reporter: at sandy point state park, the sights and sounds of summer are everywhere. on this july 4th holiday, there's also tragedy. >> there were some people with some earphones -- headphones, like scanning the water and everything. they had mentioned that some
. and in afghanistan, a group of american soldiers took this day to reenlist. general david petraeus is about to become the next cia director, and was there to say goodbye and thanks. >> and america can never thank you enough. >> reporter: america's 235th birthday. a day to stand up and be proud, even if you're sitting down. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> there's another celebration today at the white house. it's malia's birthday. she turned 13. >> she will celebrate tonight with hundreds of troops and their families as they attend a special barbecue and a u.s. concert on the south lawn. malia's younger sister, sasha, turned 10, last month. >>> vice president joe biden made his mark on the world of twitter today. the vp sent out his first tweet just past 11:30 this morning. it read, vp and doctor b, hope you take time to think about our troops and military families this independence day. happy july 4th from ovp, joining forces. dr. b refers to his wife jill. biden's user name is @vp, all part of an increasing focus on social media. on wednesday, president obama is expected to hold the white hou
personal struggles. >>> the new secretary of defense in afghanistan with a striking new assessment of al qaeda. >>> final edition for a tabloid caught up in its own scandal. is there more to come? >>> and royal treatment. will and kate bring their charming style to the u.s. carrying on a long family tradition. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. betty ford, a former dancer, stay-at-home mom of four, and wife of a michigan congressman, never could have imaged the strange circumstances that in 1974 would land her and her husband, gerald ford, into the white house, but for a role she was unprepared for, first lady of the united states, she made a lot of it and changed thousands if not millions of lives in the process. betty ford died last night in california at the age of 93. she was known for speaking her mind, even when it didn't jive with her husband's political agenda, but she is best remembered for putting a public face to some awfully personal struggles and inspiring americans, particularly women, in ways no other first lady had. >>> at the ford museum in g
, nbc news, oslo, norway. >>> as the u.s. prepares to withdraw troops from afghanistan, another setback to report tonight. a suicide bombing has killed the mayor of kandahar, afghanistan's second largest city. the mayor who, by the way, was a dual afghan-u.s. citizen was killed when an assassin detonated explosives hidden in his turban as the mayor met with tribal elders. >>> we have been reporting this week on the famine affecting millions in the horn of africa. today, a plane carrying the first airlift of urgently needed nutritional supplements landed in somalia. the shipment will be distributed to medical facilities to help starving children. >>> when we come back, the troubled life and far too early death of an olympian we got to know in vancouver. speedy as he was, he couldn't outrun his demons. >>> and later, closing the doors of an american institution after more than 100 years. more than 100 years. mine was earned over the south pacific in 1943. vietnam, 1967. i got mine in iraq, 2003. u.s.a.a. auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation, because it offers
half brother of the afghan president, he was extremely influential in southern afghanistan, but very controversial too. karzai was rumored to be involved with the opium trade. karzai helped nato forces bring local leaders and the taliban to the negotiating table. he was shot and killed at home today by his bodyguard. the taliban has claimed responsibility for that attack as noted. but there is skepticism about whether or not they really had anything to do with it. >>> president obama met with congressional leaders late this afternoon in another effort to reach a deal on the nation's debt limit. republicans proposed a short term deal, it runs out when the president's term expires. steve handlesman reports. >>> as republicans turned up the heat on him, president obama wand if there's no deal to raise the debt limit, 20 billion in social security benefits, payments to veterans and the like. 70 million checks might not be mailed. he spoke to cbs. >> i cannot guarantee those checks go out on august third if we haven't resolved this issue. >> mitch mcconnell fired back saying, the problem
. >>> the united states is close to defeating al qaeda, making that statement today on his trip to afghanistan as defense secretary. he met with hamid karzai in kabul. he said the death of osama bin laden has helped generate new information about other al qaeda leaders. . >>> the news of the world is signing off tomorrow with one final headline -- thank you and good-bye. the final edition of the british tabloid will pay tribute to the many scoops over the paper's 68-year history. rupert murdoch ordered the paper closed this week after a phone-hacking scandal exploded. murdoch is scheduled to fly to london tomorrow to deal with the growing police investigation there. reporters and vetters are accused of hacking into the phones of celebrities, the royal family, murder victims, even dead british soldiers. >> these people could have had their phones hacked into in order to generate stories for a newspaper, is simply disgusting. >> some british leaders called for other tabloids in london to be investigated. there are reports that rupert murdoch's son james could be facing charges in the case as wel
at the air base turned transit center for troops in afghanistan got a taste of home with a holiday cookout yesterday complete with hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill. on board overseas, protecting our independence the troops also enjoyed games, live music, and, of course, fireworks, all to celebrate the fourth. and a little bit of what is that salsa? >> i don't know. whatever it is, it doesn't matter. it's fun. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. this is "early today," just your first stop of the day, today, on your nbc station. >>> holiday cleanup. strong storms rolled through our region, knocked out power, took down trees, and even caused evacuations. we'll show you the damage left behind. >> first let's take a live look outside right now. at this hour, we have 73 degrees. seems calm out there, but it is warm and humid on this july 4th. good morning. welcome to "news 4 today." i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm karen gilchrist. it is monday, the 4th of july. even yang has the day off. more than 10,000 people waking up without power. more than 10,000 dominion power customers in northern virginia out of
in afghanistan from asking her out. >> i'm sergeant moore, but you can call me scott. i wanted to take a moment out of my day to invite you to the ball in greenville, north carolina. take a second, think about it and get back to me. >> 90,000 people have seen that video since sergeant moore posted it on tuesday. no word yet on whether she's seen the invitation or whether she'll attend. >> she should go. >> she should. >> she has 90,000 instant fans. >> they'll probably go viral so it will be close to a million tomorrow. >> he might not be an officer but he's obviously a gentlemen. >> what the word? rain? >>> it was on the warm side. we made it to 92 today but the dew point is, the real way it feels from a moisture standpoint in the atmosphere, the due point dropped down into the comfortable 50s this afternoon and that made all the difference. it will make the same amount of difference tomorrow. you need to get outside and enjoy your sunday because we all know if it's washington and it's the summertime, humidity cannot be gone for too long and it will be back and i mean soon. outside, on a beaut
the ongoing combat in afghanistan. mexico matmatters. it's the most important country along with canada on the face of the earth. >> gang violence claumed the lives of 15,000 people last year alone. it's estimatedt 1200ó[Ñiw3Ñiw3 president felipe calderon declared war on organized crime in 2006, some 40,000 people have been killed in the cross-fire of gangs fighting for lucrative drug routes into the united states. >> this is not just a drug fight. this is a struggle for the future of mexico. >> reporter: but with so much rampant killing, many question the mexican government's ability to successfully win its war on drugs. kevin tibbles, nbc news, new york. >>> back now on this side of the border, for all their glamour, the duke and duchess of cambridge, william and kate, spent part of this day in one of the less glamorous parts of los angeles as they wrapped up their visit to north america. nbc's kate snow is there for us tonight. kate, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. it is just about over now. the duke and duchess just arriving at l.a.x. they will be leaving shortl
moore stationed in afghanistan recently posted a clip on youtube asking kunis to go with him. encouraged by recent co-star justin timberlake, kunis said i'll do it, agreeing to be the sergeant's date. >>> this comes to us from massachusetts where drivers of one new car can take off in more ways than one. the federal government has given the green light for the transition. america's first flying car to hit the roads and runways. it's a two-seat prop plane that can fly the friendly skies and transform to hit the highway as a four-wheel roadster. they're expected to roll out next year with a $250,000 price tag, giving drivers a costly option for beating traffic jams. >>> meet the future, bill. this is going to be -- >> it's the jetsons have finally come true. >> have i my silver pointy dress to put on. this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station. this just in, weather. good morning. i'm joe krebs. this is pat lawson muse. and tom kierein. >> good morning. we're getting our coffee ready and taking our places. welcome to "news 4 today" on this tuesday, jul
. he made the statement to reporters on a flight to afghanistan. he said new intelligence, air strikes and the killing of osama bin laden have all but paralyzed the terrorist organization. >> now is the moment. now is the moment following what happened with bin laden to put maximum pressure on them. because i do believe that if we continue this effort that we can really cripple al qaeda. >> secretary panetta also confirmed that the cia joined the u.s. military in air strikes aimed at taking out al qaeda leadership in yemen. once in afghanistan he had dinner with a afghan president hamid karzai. >>> chris matthews show follows us, followed by "meet the press". >> coming up at 10:00, the politics of the disastrous unemployment situation are terrible for this president. but in the debt talks, is the republican right wing handing barack obama. and the hard line that could deprive drive the country to default. or is it possible that the president will take the political blame if the country does default even though he tried hard to compromise. michele bachmann going from 0 to 60. has the go
about the u.s. fight -- rather in afghanistan. leon panetta said defeat is, quote, within reach. he made the statement to reporters on a flight to afghanistan. it's his first trip to that country since becoming defense secretary last week. he said new intelligence, air strikes and the killing of osama bin laden have all but paralyzed al qaeda. >> now is the moment. now is the moment following what happened with bin laden to put maximum pressure on them. because i do believe that if we continue this effort that we can really cripple al qaeda. >> secretary panetta also confirmed that the cia joined the u.s. military in air strikes aimed at taking out al qaeda leadership in yemen. once in afghanistan he had dinner with ma mid karzai. >> the newlywed royal couple will go from the glitz to the gritty as they wrap up their north american trip. they are in los angeles. they got to attend a high-priced polo charity match. gina kim shows us their day full of fun, food, and glamour. >> reporter: a royal visit to tinsel town wouldn't be complete without a walk down the red carpet. saturday night so
, a suicide bomber has killed the mayor of kandahar, afghanistan. afghan officials say the assassination happened at the mayor's office just after he arrived for work this morning. the mayor is the third major political figure in afghanistan killed this month. >>> more breaking news from abroad. take a look at this video from south korea right now. crews are out trying to save people trapped by torrential rain and landslides. these dangerous conditions killed at least 22 people. among the dead, ten college students out doing volunteer work. more than 800 homes are also flooded in seoul and the surrounding areas. about 15 inches of rain fell in just 17 hours. >>> one of mt. rainier's top police officers is waking up in police custody this morning. police say officer gene gillette tried to sexually abuse a young man and then shot him as he tried to run away. news 4's tracee wilkins is live in mt. rainier with the latest. tracee, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, eun. gene gillette has been with the mt. rainier police department for three years. first year he was voted rookie of the
.s. into another recession. >>> the first troops to leave afghanistan as part of the u.s. drawdown have handed over their security responsibilities to afghan forces. the 650 members of the iowa national guard's first squadron, 113th cavalry regiment are on their way home now. they completed 3,800 combat missions and trained 400 afghan police officers. president obama announced last month that he would pull 10,000 u.s. troops out of afghanistan in 2011, and the remaining 23,000 by next summer. >>> today, members of congress will join family members who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks. they will help stitch together an american flag that became tattered and worn following the september 11th attacks. the flag once hung at the construction site overlooking ground zero. it has since traveled the country getting one stitch after another in all 50 states. once finished, the flag will language in the national 9/11 memorial museum that is now under construction at ground zero. >>> some members of congress are now calling for an investigation here in the united states. this move comes after journalists f
, and families of soldiers killed in iraq and afghanistan. police are investigating a list of possibly 4,000 victims. the tabloid's last edition will go out on sunday. the paper was open for more than 150 years. >>> 11:40 right now. let's get another check on the forecast with meteorologist tom kierein. tom, that liftoff looked beautiful, huh? >> yeah, really, really stunning. and fortunately, they did just dodge the showers and storms that were on the other side of florida, on the gulf side, so they were able to get the launch off on time. here, we have had heavy showers and heavy downpours passing south and east of washington, west and north of us. and on the radar, way off in western virginia, there's an area of heavy rain along with thunder and lightning now that's just about to come into the panhandle of west virginia and western maryland. that is advancing off to the east. and we have locally, though, just some low clouds that are hanging in. and those clouds are looking rather ominous now. they may begin to start producing some rain here over the next couple of hours. right now we
, awful trouble in afghanistan today. 19 people are dead including a bbc reporter. an insurgent bomb -- set off some car bombs there. this happened in central afghanistan in the urzugan province near police headquarters. three suicide bombers blew up cars packed with explosives in three simultaneous attacks. they have expressed regret over the killing of the bbc reporter, though, saying he was not their target. >>> right now investors around the world are anxious over this looming debt deadline. wall street has primarily been up this morning, despite four straight days of some steep losses and it may be waiting to react to a vote that comes later today on capitol hill. investors overseas, however, they have already lost confidence. many of asia's major indices closed down today, some as much as 1.5% lower, which is a big deal over there. >>> house republicans are hoping they can prove the world wrong when speaker john boehner's debt limit plan goes to a vote later today. but the short-term plan, which would cut about $900 billion from the deficit, it has already hit several snags. an
, meier charged into a remote taliban-controlled village in afghanistan, looking for four members of his team. he found them shot to death. even though he was already wounded by shrapnel, meier helped carry his comrades from the kill zone. meier is from kentucky, and was later based in hawaii before he left active duty last year. meier will join two army sergeants as the only living medal of honor recipients from the wars in iraq and afghanistan. >>> coming up on news4, a bill challenge for metro not middle of a heatwave. ♪ >>> a musical group protesters took center stage in a walmart store. >>> staging a war between the states was not an easy task in triple digit heat. >>> the family of la-shea mclean makes a plea for the killer to come forward. this as police pass out this reward poster in this troubling case of murder. i'm pat collins. the story, coming up. news4. >>> coming up in sports, another twist in the always-changing nfl labor talks. plus, the nats' bryce harper trying to slug hes way out of a slump make the people who walked these streets before us were just like you and me
in afghanistan, a deadly bombing at the funeral of hamid karzai's half brother. >> plus not bluffing, the president issues a warning for congressional leaders before walking out of the latest debt meeting. >>> and now, ample warning, metro announcing a year's worth of station closings, including a major one during one of the busiest travel times of the year. good morng. i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm aaron gilchrist. eun yang is off today. welcome to "news 4 today" as we take a live look outside right now. it's 5:00 a.m. and we are down at 68 degrees. so much cooler than it's been the last couple of morning. and it's going to stay this way for awhile. >> i just thought i could hear a chorus of aaah off in the distance. >> and applause for you. >> thank you very much. thank you very much. well, we've had a wonderful change occur overnight. you can see it in the sky there. look at the visibility. excellent visibility this morning. the summer haze is gone. and temperature down to a comfy 71 at reagan national. mid 70s right by the bay, just a mile away from the waters. down into the 60s on t
moment of unity. the army's 170th infantribury good day in afghanistan held its breath on every kick. while around the world, this was the cheer. >> usa! usa! >> usa! >> reporter: in new york's times square. >> they've got the guys rocking the women's jerseys. it feels really good. >> reporter: suburban los angeles. >> i look up to every single one of them. >> reporter: and a sports bar where expats and tourists stood for the national anthem. in the twitter verse, thousands of fans tweeted support including justin timberlake. lans armstrong and president obama who watched the game with his family. while in frankfurt dr. jill biden and chelsea clinton represented the white house. a former soccer mom herself. >> you must be so excited! >> reporter: biden thanked the parents of the team. >> it's the moms and the dads who are behind their children and who get them to where they are today. >> reporter: it was not the ending america hoped for. but for some, it was still satisfying. >> whoever wins, i'll be happy, to be honest. >> reporter: now, japan won the cup in plenty of hearts here in
.s. commander in afghanistan. there was a change of command ceremony this morning where he officially gave control of the mission to lieutenant colonel david rodriguez. general petraeus plans to retire from the army at the beginning of august and assume the cia director's job on september 6th. >>> ahead a heartbreaker for the u.s. women. this morning why one young fan has become an internet sensation. >>> duke and duchess of cambridge invited by the queen to scotland. apparently, this is the first time kate has been invited to the balmoral estate. the queen spends time there every september. >>> it's going to be a steamy week starting out this monday morning. let's get the latest on the weather today with veronica johnson in the storm center. >> today is going to be one of those days, in fact one of those weeks, coming right through the weekend where you're going to want to stay hydrated. temperatures this morning running in the 70s already. it's 76 degrees at reagan national airport. they've got a light wind out of the south and southwest at 8 miles per hour. let's take a look at the temp
gets paid and what doesn't. that's causing anxiety from wall street to the battle fields of afghanistan. as the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen, discovered for himself today, nbc's jim wikachenski is traveling with him. >> reporter: here at the hot spots of kandahar, american soldiers and marines are still dodging bullets, rockets and road side bombs every day. amazingly, when they had a chance to throw questions at the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen, their number one concern was the ongoing debate back home over the debt ceiling. >> the checkbook is not unlimited. >> reporter: admiral mullen told soldiers at kandahar that if the talks failed they'd still have to fight but they might not get paid. >> there are plenty of you that are living paycheck to paycheck. so if paychecks were to stop, it can have a devastating impact and it can have a devastating impact pretty quickly. >> reporter: at camp leatherneck, mullen told marines given the state of the u.s. economy, all the services face a cutback in the size of the force, and maybe e
and afghanistan. police are investigating a list of possibly 4,000 victims. the tabloid's last edition will go out on sunday. >>> this morning, a tragic reminder of just how important it is to be careful when trying to catch a baseball at a baseball game. a fan in texas has died after falling out of the stands while trying to catch a ball. we do have video of the incident, but we want to warn you you may find it very disturbing. the fan tried to catch a ball tossed to him by texas rangers outfielder josh hamilton. the man fell head first about 20 feet and landed behind a 14-foot high wall supporting a video board, landed on concrete. paramedics rushed him to the hospital where he died. the rangers are not giving many details about the injuries that led to his death. >>> a prince george's county man is in custody this morning charged with two murders that took place more than a decade ago. police arrested cedric schuler of ft. washington yesterday. they say he killed 26-year-old renee best of northwest washington in february of 1998 and 29-year-old edward gray of northwest washington a year later.
and soldiers killed in iraq and afghanistan. it comes as the paper's owner, news international, faces similar accusations. authorities say its tabloid, "news of the world" tapped in voicemails of families of murder victims. one case involved a teen abducted and killed in 2002. authorities say the tabloid deleted voicemail messages on her cell phone, which gave her family false hope. news international's owner rupert murdoch calls the new allegations unacceptable. >>> preparations are under way for the royal couple's visit to california. they will land in los angeles tomorrow. they're only in l.a. for three days, though. the duke and duchess will attend a business event at the beverly hills hilton hotel. a charity polo match. and a job fair. the couple is taking extra measures to make sure that they have some privacy. they have legally secured paparazzi free zones. that means that if the photographers get too close, they will be arrested. >>> meanwhile, the duke and duchess are wrapping up their visit to canada. at the last minute they decided to visit the heavily fire-damaged town of slave la
's newspapers. >>> and sergeant surprise. a marine serving in afghanistan takes a chance on youtube and asks a favorite actress, mila kunis, to a military ball. >> take a second to think about it, get back to me. >> her response? yes! and now he's the envy of the corps. this is "today" on july 12th, corps. this is "today" on july 12th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning. i'm ann curry. >> i'm matt lauer. nice to see you. >> nice to see you. welcome back. we really missed you. partner in crime. >> i had perfect weather on vacation. now that perfect sunny weather has turned perfect, sunny and brutally hot. if you're in the new york area today, hopefully your afternoon plans will be indoor. 103 today. >> we're not alone. heat advisories have been issued for at least 18 states, matt. and in illinois, the dangerous temperatures are blamed for at least one death. we'll get details and al's forecast straight ahead. >>> nbc news investigates a controversy involving gop presidential hopeful michele bachmann. she owns a christian coun
that he got shot in afghanistan and received his purple heart. so if his life would have been taken, i couldn't have married him in march so i'm excited. >> reporter: about a dozen military brides to be lined up outside the yes to the dress bridal boutique hoping to score the dress of their dreams. dresses they got, absolutely free. >> i feel so pretty. i think this is like a $1,500 dress. i could never afford that on my own. >> reporter: the owner madison west teamed up with brides across america to give away designer gowns to women who are actively serving in the military or marrying someone who is. her father served, and she wanted to give back. >> it's the right thing to do to take care of our military who take care of us every single day. >> this is the dress. >> reporter: patrice campbell will marry her fee san say memorial day weekend next year. she walked away with a $3,800 gown, the first she tried on. >> it's crazy. it feels g. it's heavy. a lot heavier than i thought. but i guess that's what a wedding dress is like. >> the fact that this wonderful lady is doing this for them
in afghanistan. he was looking for four of his team members. he found them, shot to death. even though he was already wounded by shrapnel, meyer helped carry his comrades from the kill zone. the date of the award ceremony hasn't been announced. he will be the first marine to receive the medal of honor in more than 41 years. >>> the united states post office has a list of 3,600 post offices that may be closing. we'll find out tuesday who is on it. the move comes as mail volume is down nationwide. the postal service lost $8 billion in revenue last year, due to the recession. e-mail and online bill-paying. also on tuesday, the post master general will announce a new concept to replace offices in neighborhoods that are shut down. >>> china has a reputation for being the source of a lot of cheap knockoffs. >> but how about a fake apple store? a blogger living with her husband in a city in southwest china snapped shots of not one, but three fake shops, same wooden tables, similarly dressed workers, but with some discrepancies. real apple stores don't say apple store on them. and if they did, th
. >> yay! >> specialist blake is set to return home from afghanistan in december. >> i don't realize you could do that. >> wait until they have the ipad that's that big, you could stand in front of an ipad and kiss it too. i suppose. >> virtual. >>> we better go to weather. >> yes, we do. >> you were right, 93 didn't sound much better when we talked about it today. but it felt better. >> you don't think of waterspouts with pennsylvania, too often. this is erie county, pennsylvania, and this is bear beach just off bear beach, northwestern area of the state. it forms, a strong line of thunderstorms came through yesterday. and it dissipated before it came on to land. of course, around here what we saw was pockets of heavy rain and flash flooding yesterday. our high temperature today 95 degrees after starting out at 76, boy, that sure was nice. the average high 89 degrees, over the next couple days, temperatures are still going to remain above the average high. today, though, the nicest since july 17th, when the humidity was way down too. all that ugly heat, the monster heat is going to retu
olds all have a parent that have done multiple tours in iraq or afghanistan. guess what they like best about the women's team. >> they don't give up. >> reporter: it's their hallmark says espn analyst, a member of the '99 team. >> to show this courage and this feistiness and this will to just persevere when everything is against you will be, i think, their legacy, if they can win this game on sunday. >> reporter: but the americans have already achieved a big victory. they're regarded than more just world class women soccer players, world class soccer players, period. >> the women are now being appreciated for what they wanted to be appreciated all along. simply their skill as athletes. >> reporter: skills, they hope, will bring home the cup. now, this morning the team has gotten encouragement, tweets of encouragement from justin timberlake and lance armstrong and today a white house delegation arrived here led by dr. jill biden and including chelsea clinton and they met with family members of the team to let them know how proud their country is and how much the country is behind this s
united a divided country. rallied around the flag and these women in new york. los angeles. afghanistan. and here in frankfurt. where tangela calhoun led her friends and family from hidelburg in the classic cheer. of soccer, long an international favorite, enthralled america in what's been a miserable summer for sports. >> as the nfl and the nba have been locked out, baseball is going through the roger clemens' mistrial. and this is something that americans can see and really feel proud of these women going out there, and playing for the purity of the sport and winning. >> reporter: but the champions would be japan, a country still reeling from an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. a victory that came in the middle of the night, and gave a weary nation a reason to celebrate. even in japan, few people thought their team would make it to the finals, let alone bring home the cup. by defeating the number one ranked team in the world. i'm ann thompson in frankfurt. now back to you. >>> and the team's flight expected to touch down in washington later today. >> that was a heartbreaker.
david petraeus stepped down from his post as the top u.s. commander in afghanistan. there was a change of command ceremony this morning where he officially gave control of the mission to lieutenant colonel david rodriguez. general petraeus plans to retire from the army at the end of august. he will then assume the cia director's job september 6th. >>> doctors treated hosni mubarak are denying rumors this morning that the former egyptian president suffered a stroke or is in a coma. the medical team mubarak had low blood pressure and felt dizzy but that he's now in stable condition. the 83-year-old has been hospitalized since april for heart trouble. he's also under arrest on charges he ordered the killing of protestors during egypt's uprising. >>> this morning a colorado woman is in trouble accused of groping a tsa agent. the tsa says 61-year-old ukari mahame grabbed a tsa agent's breast at the airport. mahame admits to grabbing the agent. she faces a felony sexual abuse charge. >>> sears posted an online ad selling the ipad2 for $69. here's a look at the ad from sears s
in afghanistan. the taliban now says it is responsible for a suicide attack that killed the mayor of kandahar. afghan officials say the assassination happened at the mayor's office just after he arrived for work this morning. the mayor had been mentioned as a person who might replace afghani president's hamid karzai's half brother within karzai's inner circle. >>> we are also on top of a developing story out of south korea. at least 32 people are now dead after heavy rains caused massive landslides. many of those killed were college students who were there doing volunteer work. take a look at this video of rescue crews teaming up trying to save people trapped in the rushing water. the heavy rain also destroyed several buildings. >>> with just six days until the nation's first default, the debt showdown has hit yet another snag. a vote on house speaker john boehner's plan to raise the debt ceiling is postponed until tomorrow. the delay came after a report from the congressional budget office showed that boehner's plan would cut spending by $1 trillion over ten years rather than the $1.2 trilli
guardsman who has deployed to iraq or afghanistan, but they are not the only ones of carrying the burden of military service. >> we so often hear people say, support the troops. we don't often hear them say, we support the families of the troops. is part of this making that awareness? >> yes. the military families are serving, as well. >> reporter: the cost of that service from the emotional anxiety of having a loved one at war to relocation and job changes, to home upkeep is what first lady, michelle obama, and dr. biden want people it know about. >> we went around the country for about two years and listened and heard about the problems and some of the things that we could do. >> whether you're a business leader -- >> reporter: in april they teamed up -- >> each of us can show our appreciation for everything these families do. >> reporter: to promote a white house initiative called joining forces. >> people don't know that someone in their neighborhood, their school, their church is deployed. here is a single mom or a single dad who is trying to take care of the kids and manage everyth
and afghanistan. they're investigating possibly 4,000 victims. the tabloid's last edition will go out on sunday. >>> it is 6:26. 74 degrees. >>> it is indeed the calm before the storm right now. radar is clear, but it won't be for long before the clouds will begin to roll in. meteorologist tom kierein is going to let us know when the rain might start. >>> it's the final countdown for the shuttle program. "atlantis" is all ready to go. the chance the launch will go on for the millions in attendance and the many more waiting to watch on tv. >> you can see the clouds down there. perhaps that's a hint. good morning. i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm eun yang. thank you for joining us for "news 4 today." it is friday, july 8th, 2010. we' we're going to see when the rain is going to start falling. >>> we do have a very unstable, very wet weather pattern over our region. right now the radar not showing any rain here, but we do have rain here with thunder and lightning east of richmond. much is going to be missing the northern neck. however, the far eastern part of the northern neck may get a brief heavy downp
, celebrities, and families of soldiers killed in iraq and afghanistan. police are investigating the list of possibly 4,000 victims. the tabloid's last edition will go out on sunday. >>> it seems like kids just got out of school, but that hasn't stopped retailers from thinking about september already. some are jumping the gun to get shoppers' attention extra early. last year consumers spent more than $55 billion on back to school items. some toys r us stores started a pack to school sale on backpacks and lunch boxes on july 1st. not to be left behind, walgreens, walmart, staples, office depot, and target all have either started or are about to start their back to school sales. it's just not right, joe. it's too early. i want to enjoy my summer. >> we have july 4th. labor day can't be far behind. >> then halloween and christmas. >> midterms, finals, halloween, christmas. >> be complaining about cold weather again. >> happy new year. >> let's check in with tom. >> i just got a new lunch pail with transformers on it. >>> there is the washington monument under a hazy summer sky. live picture
in iraq and afghanistan. authorities also say its tabloid called news of the world tapped into voice mails of families of murder victims. one case involved a teen abducted and killed in 2002. they say the tabloid deleted voice mail messages on her cell phone which gave her family false hope. news international's owner rupert murdoch calls the new allegations unacceptable. >>> it is now 6:26, 73 degrees. coming up next at 6:30 the construction project starting today that will shut down part of a busy intersection in prince george's county. >>> the out-of-control crash right into a bakery. how and where this happened overnight. these sweet honey clustery things have fiber? fiber one. almost tastes like one of jack's cereals. uh, forgot jack's cereal. [ jack ] what's for breakfast? uh, try the number one! i've never heard of that. [ wife ] it's great. it's a sweet honey cereal, you'll love it. yeah, this is pretty good. are you guys alright? yeah. [ male announcer ] half a days worth of fiber. not that anyone has to know. fiber beyond recognition. fiber one. >>> this morning we'll learn the s
, a roadside bomb blast killed 18 people in afghanistan. police say a mini bus ran over a bomb in the southern helmand province. no group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. there are children among the dead. 2011 has been a deadly year so far. the united nations reports the number of afghan civilians killed has risen by 15% compared to last year. >>> a handful of teenagers are accused of breaking into a fire station in southeast washington. according to the washington examiner, thieves ransacked the fire station along the atlantic avenue on tuesday while crews were fighting the flames along savannah street. the burglars trashed the watch officer's desk, then stole items, including a uniform, a camera, a wallet, and a firefighter's bmw. the teens, age 14 through 18, reportedly took the car out for a joyride and ditched it. they have identified the teens but so far haven't made any arrests. >>> today will be leslie johnson's last day on the prince george's county council. johnson's resignation takes effect on sunday. the council will hold a special election within 90 days. there a
david petraeus is spending his last independence day as u.s. commander in afghanistan at a re-enlistment ceremony in kandahar province today. he was confirmed to become the director of cia last week. >>> one more thing to be proud of the u.s. special olympics team and new cache of gold medals in athens, team usa celebrates the closing ceremonies of those games today. >>> it is now 7:09. back to savannah, willie, and maria. big congratulations to all of them. >> great to see that. al has the morning off. let's get the weather al has the morning off. let's get the weather from maria la rosa. what's the holiday forecast of you know what, a great july 4th for a lot of people, a typical july day. some showers and thunderstorms expected across the tennessee, ohio valleys, parts of the southeast as well and across the west, lots of sunshine. let's see how it's going to impact fireworks displays tonight. your evening forecast showing a few areas of showers and thunderstorms again in the tennessee southeast, tennessee valley in the southeast, also the northern plains. of course the big
in afghanistan. so far more than 400,000 people have seen this video. go for it. >> yeah, you never know unless you ask. >> exactly. >>> well, we're asking about the weather today. tom is here to tell us the answer about how hot it's going to get. the answer is really hot. >> indeed. >>> look at the sky now. a beautiful blueberry, peaches and cream and gnats sunrise. you can see the gnats lying around the camera there. we've got the steam heat there. very humid around the region. upper 70s in washington. right by the bay, southern maryland, eastern shore, already around 80 degrees. farther west and north, we're in the 70s. low to mid-70s throughout most of virginia, maryland, and the shenandoah valley, panhandle of west virginia. in the west, it's dipped into the upper 60s. there's the beautiful sunrise beginning to take shape. by 9:00, mid-80s. by noon time the low 90s. by midafternoon we ought to peak at the record high of near 99 degrees to 100. and the air quality also diminishing this afternoon, code orange. and late afternoon into the evening hours, there's a small chance of some scattere
doesn't? soldiers in afghanistan and iraq could see their checks stop if no teal is richard. chair ral of the joint chiefs of stpaf and stuffed the ability of their pay being frozen. >> many of you are living paycheck to paycheck. it could have a devastating impact and devastating impact pretty quickly. >> admiral mullen told the troops there will be belt tight especiallying. the department office education, labor, justice and energy would likely be some of the first groups to not be paid. >> an attorney said the pair could be released after a hearing going on right now. exactly two years ago today. iran accused them of espionage. all three said they were hiking and got lost. showered was released $5 million. they pardon prisoners traditionally for the holy month of ramadan. >> police say the man installed the device on suntrust at southern maryland boulevard july 23rd and was there for a day before someone noticed it. the skimmer reports bank card numbers for everyone who uses that machine. 50 customers had between $3,000 and $5,000 taken from their account. >>> one more day until tra
good care of them. >> during a stint in afghanistan, she was the first female marine to become a lead commander in a battle zone. >>> the state department looking in to reports that syria might be trying to intimidate protesters here in the u.s. the obama administration got reporting that syrian diplomats photographed and videotaped protests here and may have retaliated against demonstrators relatives in ear i can't. the ambassador to the u.s. was called into meet with state department officials earlier this week. >>>s as of this morning, there is a new country on the map. residents of south sudan spent all night celebrating their independence. south sudan voted for independence under the terms of a 2005 peace treaty that ended two decades of civil war in the country. sudan's capital was the first to recognize the new country which is the 193 ready recognized by the united nations. >>> it is 9:38. still ahead, the end of an era in space travel. a look at what's next for nasa now that the shuttle program is coming to an end. >>> and he is one of the most accomplished american tennis pl
that his son, james, who died in afghanistan in 2006 may have had not only his cell phone tapped into by the news of the world, but also his e-mail. >> they hacked into a dead soldier. this is despicable. what else can you say? what on earth do they think they're going to find. >> in the words of the prime minister, people trust the police to protect them, politicians to represent them, and the press to inform them. and, he says, the british public has been failed by all three. and, amy, this storiens to spread, to spread to the united states where one of the most senior executives now runs dow jones in new york but used to run this operation and possibly to spread to other newspapers. it's no exaggeration to say it threatens british tabloid journalism as we know it. >>> thanks for the latest. time now with a check of your weekend weather with bill karins >>> a good saturday morning to you. i'm meteorologist chuck bell. welcome to your weekend. no need to worry about severe weather today. after the thunderstorms blew through here yesterday, weather has improved. a clear sky overh
to pay tribute to the country's combat role in afghanistan. >> i'm really excited. yeah. >> reporter: canada rolled out the red carpet for these royals. spectators, young and old, showed up for a glimpse of the glamorous pair. some waiting more than six hours. and kate's fashion influence filled the crowd. how important is she as a fashion icon? >> pretty important. >> pretty important. >> reporter: from fascinators to a tennis dress, and of course there were plenty of flowers for a potential future queen. >> she bent down and chatted with you, didn't she? >> she asked us what's our name. and she said the flowers were very pretty. >> reporter: would you like to look like her when you're grown up? >> yes. >> reporter: william and kate's trip reminded more than a few here of another royal couple, prince chalks and diana visited the country in 1983 just a couple of years after they married. >> i was here covering charles and diana's trip to ottawa and william was just a baby at that time. so for me, it's quite poignant to come here, seeing him now married and representing his country. >
angeles. afghanistan. and here in frankfurt. where tangelo calhoun led her friends and family in the classic cheer. soccer, long an international favorite, enthralled america in what's been a miserable summer for sports. >> the nfl and the nba have been locked out. baseball going with the roger clemens' mistrial. and this is something americans can see and feel proud of these women going out there and playing for the purity of the sport and winning. >> reporter: but the champions would be japan, a country still reeling from an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. a victory that came in the middle of the night, and gave a weary nation a reason to celebrate. even in japan, few people thought their team would make it to the finals, let alone bring home the cup by defeating the number-one team in the world. ann? >> ann thompson, thank you very much for your report. i'm glad you got all of that team usa paint off of your face. >> i was working yesterday in the newsroom. no one was working. everyone was cheering. we got it on the air. >>> let's get a check of the rest of the mo
in afghanistan and iraq. they have blogged on their website. >> i don't know what monkey butt is. >> very anti-monkey butt. >> basically chafing season. it gives you a red booty. this has calamine in it to stop the itching and talc to absorb. i'm just the messenger. but this is amazing. >> i learned way too much about monkey butt. >> bobbie thomas, thank you. >>> still to come this morning, they're crazy for tomatoes. they're plain old crazy. the scotto family whipping up an italian feast. but first, these messages. ♪ i can run just like the wind ♪ i will hide up in that tree ♪ no one will ever find me ♪ wish this day would never end ♪ ♪ would you like to be my friend? ♪ ♪ everybody's trying hard to catch me ♪ [ sneezes ] [ female announcer ] only kleenex® brand has sneeze shield in all its tissues to help catch sneezes in their tracks so kids can pass on the fun of being a kid. sneeze shield your kids wherever they go. now in new convenient on-the-go packs. ♪ that comes from a leafkids sweet surprise ♪rue love ♪ ♪ it's natural, guilt-free no artificiality ♪ ♪ it
and boys -- my 16-year-old son -- men and women in uniform in afghanistan glued to the television set, watching you, cheering for you. i mean, this was a victory for women's soccer. do you think -- do you realize the difference you have made for women's sports? >> absolutely. i think it's clear that, you know, we play with so much pride and so much spirit and so much passion. and i think that's the american spirit. and i think people really grasp on to that, and they wanted to jump on the bandwagon and follow it. because truly, this country loves winners. and although we didn't bring the cup home, we have a winning attitude and winning spirit and we play with so much passion and pride. and i think the country really enjoyed watching. >> and you've got daughters, christie. >> two little girls. >> so this is particularly poignant for you. >> yeah, it was definitely amazing to finish off the tournament like that and just to be able to go home to two little girls smiling and inspiring the youth, you know, and hopefully everyone, you know, jumps on board and enjoys the board of soccer and
couldn't miss you. >> her son has had two tours, one in iraq and one in afghanistan and he just got back on monday. she vowed not to cut her hair until he got back and look at it. >> we're excited for her. she deserves it she's such a wonderful person. >> and now your baby is home and you're ready to cut your hair and get a whole new look? >> finally, absolutely. >> it will be worth the wait. >> are we ready for a new cindy? >> yes! >> okay, ladies. >> all right. look at the crowd. cindy's two sisters, four cousins and sister-in-law. this is a buckle up. keep your blindfolds on. here is cindy's before picture. all right, cindy, let's see the new you. >> oh, my god. wait -- you guys ready? ready? take off your blindfolds. take them off, take them off. >> are you ready to see yourself? ready? >> turn around, you're going to freak. [ cheers and applause ] [ screaming ] >> you are gorgeous! wow, wow, wow! >> louis! louis! crazy, hold on, let's listen. >> when i saw cindy. when i saw cindy, i saw my dear friend and client, susan sarandon. and that was the inspiration here. it's star quality.
of the morning. good morning. >> good morning. a suicide bomber in afghanistan at sass nated the mayor of kandahar overnight. the taliban claimed responsibility. this as u.s. officials issue new warnings that the death of osama bin laden ratcheted up the risk of anti-american violence worldwide. the counter terrorism remain optimistic saying that al qaeda is on the brink op all-out collapse. >>> house democrat has been arrested outside the white house during the protest against u.s. immigration policy. it was the second time the congressman from illinois had been arrested at a white house demonstration. he has since been released. >>> meantime, congressman david wu from oregon now says he will resign as soon as the debt ceiling crisis is resolved after allegations of sexual misconduct with an 18-year-old girl. >>> senators are blasting airlines for hiking ticket prices as the faa undergo a partial shut down, this after congress failed to pass legislation last week to keep the agency fully operational. and while the faa is on hold, airlines are not able to collect ticket taxes which add
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